These student papers are selected under double-blind peer review by the LMU National Dance Education Organization Student Chapter review committee in coordination with LMU Librarians and Dance faculty.

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Best Papers of 2017

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Fairies that Fouetté and Princesses that Promenade: Examining the Allure of the Fairytale Ballet Through Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty, Caeli L. Koizumi

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The Nature of Movement: Finding the Connection Between Dance and Climate Science, Paige Petersen

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The Aesthetic and Philosophical Integration of Parkour with Bartenieff Release-Based Modern Dance, Rhett Spongberg

Best Papers of 2016

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Why Labanotation Remains, Rie Fukushima

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Contact Improvisation: Concepts of Physics Transformed into Art, Gianna F. Todisco

Best Papers of 2015

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Transcending Conventions: A Closer Look at the Effects of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Khayla J. Golucke

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Human Sacrifice as Explained through Three Performances of The Rite of Spring, Victoria Jacqueline Wee

Best Papers of 2014

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Artistic Expression Through the Performance of Improvisation, Kendra E. Collins

Best Papers of 2013

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Avant-Garde Modern Choreographers and the Transition Towards Film: A Look at Merce Cunningham and Yvonne Rainer’s Influence, Brian Esperon

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Stepping Forward While Looking Backwards: Mushin Improvisation and Creativity, John Liggins

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The Shift in Pedagogy: Authoritarian and Egalitarian Styles of Teaching, Cayley Yamashita

Best Papers of 2012

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Heels and Gumption: Tap Dance Empowered by Women, Rachel Benzing

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The Education of Dance Educators, Catherine Kamrath

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Preventing Burnout: Rest, Relaxation, and Reduced Stress, Georgina Lewis